How To Patch Asphalt Cracks
Asphalt cracks are inevitable, but they are easy to fix. As long as you have the right product, the process is fairly simple. There are a few simple tools you will need to complete the job. This article explains how to fix small asphalt cracks and what products work the best.
Hot or Cold Formulas
You can find cold and hot formulas for asphalt patch mixtures. When your asphalt was originally poured, it was almost certainly a hot formula because this is the most common for large-scale pours. However, hot formula might be wholly unnecessary for small crack repairs. To apply hot mixtures you need to heat it up to a certain degree as you pour it. This means you need to figure out how to consistently heat the asphalt as you pour it. If the heat is not consistent, your patch will not be as strong and the color might vary. This is why it is usually much easier to just use a cold formula. These products come in powder form. Usually, you just add water to create the patch.
Applying Cold Formula Patch
To apply cold formula asphalt patch, you need a 5 gallon bucket, cordless power drill, concrete mixing attachment, painter's tape (optional) and a squeegee. A handheld squeegee is usually good enough for most small jobs, but you can use a broom squeegee if you have a lot of cracks to repairs. This reduces how much bending over you need to do.
First, you need to clean out the crack. Pull any weeds that might be growing out of the crack. However, you don't want to suck up all the dirt. In fact, if your hole is very deep within the crack, you might want to fill it with dry sand. Sand is cheaper than asphalt patch, so this is an easy way to save money.
Once the crack is prepared, you can mix the patch. If you have a power drill with a concrete mixing attachment, this is very simple. Just pour the recommended amounts of water and powder into a 5-gallon bucket and mix them together with the concrete mixing attachment. The patch is very sticky and gets stickier as it dries. So, get ready to pour it as soon as you mix it. You can then immediately spread it with the squeegee. If you want, you can tape off the area around the patch before pouring it. This helps control the mess and create straighter lines as the patch dries.
The key is to spread the patch so the top is smooth as it dries. This job is very simple and it is a great way to make your asphalt look cleaner and newer.
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